• Business

    Foundation Apprenticeship Financial Services - Level 6

  • Local Authority

    East, North and South Ayrshire

    This course is for school pupils only

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6

Location / Day / Time

Kilwinning Campus, Tuesday, 9am – 4pm plus equivalent of 1 day work placement. Duration - one year

Who is the course for

This course is open to school pupils only

The financial services sector remains one of the most important industries in Scotland and the rest of the UK. Financial services contributed £8.8 billion to the Scottish economy in 2010 – more than 8% of Scottish onshore economic activity. The sector directly employs 85,000 people in Scotland and a further 100,000 indirectly – around 7% of total Scottish employment.

You can choose a Foundation Apprenticeship in Financial Services as one of your school subject choices. The course takes 1 year to complete, in S5 or S6.

You’ll spend part of your week at college and also go out on work experience. And don’t worry about getting to and from college/employer – all your transport will be organised and paid for too.

What is the course about

This Foundation Apprenticeship is made up of three components

  • National Progression Award (NPA) in Financial Service
  • SVQ 3 in Providing Financial Services at SCQF level 6 (mandatory Units only)
  • Work placement

The NPA is designed to support the underpinning knowledge of the SVQ in Providing Financial Services at SCQF level 6. The NPA contains 6 units. These are delivered and assessed by the College.

NPA in Financial Services will cover the following topics:

  • Financial Services: An Introduction
  • Financial Services: The Regulatory Framework
  • Financial Services: Communication
  • Financial Services: Promoting Positive Customer Relationships
  • Financial Services: Personal Finance Awareness
  • Work Placement

You’ll complete the units of your SVQ in Financial Services mainly in the workplace, as part of your placement. You’ll learn how to:

  • Develop Yourself to Improve and Maintain Workplace Competence in a Financial Services Environment
  • Develop Productive Working Relationships in a Financial Services Environment
  • Comply with Regulations in the Financial Services Environment

Your Foundation Apprenticeship will also help you to develop core skills valued by employers, particularly:

  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Working with others
  • Time management

These transferrable skills are necessary for working in a range of other related jobs.

What do I need

For a place on this course, you’ll need: 

  • National 5 Maths and English
  • An interest in working in the Financial Services sector

How will I be assessed

The NPA Units are assessed in college and the SVQ units are assessed in the work placement. These assessments are practical – you’ll carry out tasks and your assessor will observe you and say when you have shown that you can do them out correctly. You’ll also keep a logbook. Your Assessor will visit you regularly to make sure you’re doing well and on track with your tasks.

Next steps

You may progress to:

  • HNC at College
  • University
  • Modern Apprenticeship

What do current Foundation Apprenticeship students say

“After a month of being in my work placement one day a week I was asked if I wanted to do extra hours at the weekend on a paid basis. I have now been working there for 2 months and am really enjoying it.” 

“The course will give me the skills that I need to complete tasks and jobs similar to this in the future, it gives me experience that I wouldn’t get from sitting in the classroom at school which will be great for my CV.”

 “Being at the college one day a week has been good for making new friends and relationships, it’s a great bunch of people from different schools and we all get on well.” 

“The course will give me the skills that I need to complete tasks and jobs similar to this in the future, it gives me experience that I wouldn’t get from sitting in the classroom at school.” 

“I feel this apprenticeship has helped me a lot as I wasn’t very confident when I was in school before and I struggled to talk to different people but after the few weeks that I’ve been in the course it’s really helped boost my confidence. I’ve had to speak to people over the phone, via email and in the office. My communication skills have really improved.” 

“The course is good fun and you get a lot out of it so I would recommend doing it. It’s so different to school but you also learn loads from others about the world of work.”

 “I would like to do a Modern Apprenticeship and I feel that this course would help give me the skills and knowledge that I will need to complete one.”

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